It appears to be like like LeBron James will probably be staying in Los Angeles.
A report circulated on Thursday that the NBA’s all-time factors chief was at “the top of the Lakers list” to commerce forward of the Feb. 8 deadline.
The hypothesis started shortly after James posted on X, previously Twitter, an emoji of an hourglass, sending the platform right into a frenzy.
Nevertheless, James’ longtime agent, Wealthy Paul, shut down any rumors that the famous person could be on a brand new staff subsequent week.
“LeBron will not be traded, and we aren’t asking to be,” Paul told ESPN.
James’ Lakers are at present 25-25 and in ninth place within the Western Convention because the expertise degree within the NBA continues to skyrocket.
Los Angeles was in the same spot eventually yr’s deadline, however administration made a flurry of strikes that improved the staff and acquired all of them the way in which to the Western Convention Finals, whilst a No. 7 seed, earlier than shedding to the eventual NBA champion Denver Nuggets.
James is averaging 24.9 factors, 7.5 rebounds and seven.7 assists per sport this season, and was named to his file twentieth All-Star Recreation final week.
James, 39, has a $51.4 million participant possibility for subsequent season, for which he has till June 29 to just accept or decline. It is anticipated that he’ll attempt to maintain enjoying till his son, Bronny, comes into the league. Bronny is at present a freshman at USC and is eligible to enter this yr’s NBA Draft.
Sarcastically, James will face the New York Knicks at Madison Sq. Backyard on Saturday, and given their success, many have been speculating that they might be concerned in commerce talks for James.
Ninth place within the West at present places the Lakers within the play-in match, which they participated in final yr and in 2021.